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April 22nd, 2009

TIR to Provide Live Coverage of Obama’s Iowa Visit Today

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Written by: Craig Robinson

tir_button2The Iowa will be on the ground in Newton, Iowa, for President Obama’s first visit to the state since taking the oath of office. We will be Live Tweeting Obama’s visit to Trinity Structural Towers tomorrow.

President Obama will touch down in Iowa today, where he will meet with workers at a new Newton company which took over the former Maytag plant. The company now houses a green manufacturing facility that produces towers for wind energy production. Trinity employs dozens of former Maytag employees and is part of the revitalization of a town hit hard by the closing of the manufacturing plant.

During the transition last November, an Obama spokesperson said that the Obama administration would be “one of the most open and transparent press offices in White House history…. Americans now get information in a broad variety of ways, and so we are expanding the ways we reach them,” the administration official concluded.

The Obama Administration in now proving that they meant what they said back in late November. When I submitted my request for press credentials, I didn’t really think that my request would be granted. To my surprise, the Obama press office was very helpful and granted my request to cover the event first-hand.

Tune into The Iowa Republican today for live updates via Twitter. We will have full coverage of the event later in the day.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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